Reviews of Food, Restaurants and Carrot Cakes!
So I decided to do a review on something I am very passionate about. One of my favourite things in the whole world that I consume every day. The sweet, nutty, smooth, crunchy delicious spoonful of heaven.
I like to think of myself as a peanut butter expert, a connoisseur if you will.
I absolutely love the stuff. So I thought I should let the other nutty lovers out there know, what the best peanut butter out there is. (Or MY favourite anyway)
I decided to review the healthier ones, these are the peanut butters that I would use every day. This is mainly because they don’t have the added crap and I like to spoon it out the jar straight into my mouth.
I am going to start with the worst peanut butter type. When I was in the midst of my eating disorder. I decided to buy PB Powdered Peanut Butter. I made it my mission to “Eat Clean” and buy the healthiest option of EVERYTHING. I had already convinced myself that I liked the sweet potato brownies and the raw chocolate (I really didn’t). This was one of the things that I just couldn’t convince my ED to like. And my ED was desperate to like ANYTHING that was considered “healthy”.
I wouldn’t even describe this shit as Peanut Butter, because it’s not. It’s a powder that you mix with water to make a paste of death. It’s so bitter I even tried mixing it with honey to sweeten it up. Don’t bother pretending you like it, if you do then you must be a vegan by choice or just love eating dust.
There is also the controversial issue of Palm oil in Peanut Butter. I hear that Palm Oil is responsible for some deforestation which basically means it causes forests to be destroyed in order to create space for Palm oil to be grown. Therefore I will include the ingredients in my list.
So, here my top 5 Peanut Butters:
Roasted Peanuts (100%). Available smooth or crunchy. No Added palm Oil or salt
£2.50 for 280g in Tesco
This one is my least favourite. It’s a bit of a pain because of the oil that sits at the top of the jar. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s just the natural peanut oils rising to the top, but as soon as you open it you do have to mix it or you will be spreading oil on your toast. It is a very liquid consistency, it’s quite runny and I always get it over my desk. I just find the taste a bit bland. Maybe it’s because of the lack of salt. It’s still a good natural peanut butter and they’re one of the few producers that leave the peanut skins on for roasting. It’s quite expensive for the size and what you’re getting, especially when you can get the same thing from Aldi for a lot less- The foodie market peanut butter which is also 100 % peanuts with no palm oil.
Meridian have loads of different types of nut butters for people with intolerances ranging from lactose, egg, gluten, wheat or sugar free. They even state “celery free”. I mean why the fuck would celery be in peanut butter?!
Pip and Nut
Hi-Oleic Peanuts (99.5%), Sea Salt. No palm oil. Smooth or crunchy
£2.25 in Tesco for 225g
This one is very similar to the Meridian, I prefer it because it has the salty kick that I like. The only issue with this one is the price. It is quite expensive for a smaller jar and it is only stocked in larger Tesco and Sainsburys or Holland and Barratt. The consistency means it is a bit of a challenge to eat on its own but it’s still a good strong contender
100% peanuts, available in smooth or crunchy.
£1.50 for 280g
Tesco only recently started selling their own healthy version with 100% peanuts and this one actually surprised me. It contains only peanuts but still has a smooth creamy texture and doesn’t lose the flavour, pretty good considering it doesn’t contain added salt. For £1.50 it’s definitely worth it, I hope they start selling bigger jars! I use it for my homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups, great value for money.
Roasted Peanuts (96%), Sustainable Palm Oil, Sea Salt. Smooth or crunchy
£3.45 for 454g or £6.50 for 1kg at Tesco
This has been a staple in my top 5 for a while. The consistancy is perfect, its smooth, rich and spreadable. It’s not oily like Meridian and the crunchy one really wins me over. It’s not too salty or too sweet. the big tubs are expensive, so wait until theyre on offer. It’s a strong second place for Whole Earth.
£3.75 for 295g
Oh sweet Manilife. I remember the first time I tried this jar of magic. I was at a food festival and they had a stand offering their samples spread on apple pieces. They sell three different Peanut butters; Original (which is crunchy) Deep roast and creamy smooth. I have tried all three and my favourite has to be the original. (I know this because I approached the sample desk many times to check) The original is crunchy and smooth at the same time. It is so creamy and easy to spread and then you get these delightful little peanut pieces. When I finish my jar, I will ALWAYS do a Joey from Friends (peanut butter fingers) it should come with a warning sign because it is addictive! Have it with apple, on warm toast or spoon it out the jar and lick the spoon
The only issue is the stockists! You won’t find it in your average supermarkets like Sainsburys or Tesco. But you can find it at the odd independent health shop or Holland and Barratt, I usually wait for their buy one get one half price and stock up with 4 jars.
On my recent trip to Italy, I took my own Tupperware filled with Manilife to get my daily fix.
When I eat it, I get it all over my desk, on my clothes and in my hair. I don’t know how or why.
This is, quite simply, the best peanut butter I have ever tasted. And remember, if someone ever tells you that you’re putting too much peanut butter on your toast, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
ICE CREAM OF THE GODS?
A Review of Hotel Chocolat’s Ice Cream
I am walking around St Albans town centre in the summer heat on my day off, when I see Hotel Chocolat. I don’t think it’s even possible to walk past one of their shops without going inside. (This might have something to do with the free samples) My partner refers to me as a “chocolate monster” so I simply can’t walk past without a cheeky taster. The flavour of the month was Mojito chocolates, not really to my taste but it’s chocolate and it’s free so…
I saw some women queuing up to buy an Ice-cream, I have probably been in Hotel Chocolat a hundred times, and never tried one of their Ice creams. The big sign read “ICE CREAM OF THE GODS” Apparently the cocoa comes from the plant Theobromacacao which translates literally as “Cocoa, food of the gods.”
The crazy fitness ED voice in my head reads the description, “Ooh look it’s only 12% sugar” I tell myself that it is NOT the reason to try it!
The shop assistant was so friendly, she asked me if I had ever had one before, I said no. She replied “Oh they’re so good and made with roasted cocoa nibs”. I have no idea what that means but it sounds organic or something important.
So, I opted for the standard jersey milk ice cream in a tub (I’ve never been one for wafer cones, they just slow me down) I made the decision to go without the salted caramel sauce because I didn’t want to take the taste away from the main event. The ice cream is dispensed from a machine just like your standard Mr Whippy and the portion size was decent. The texture is actually quite similar too. I liked the texture, it was light and easy to eat but I just felt it was a bit plain. To sum it up, it TASTED HEALTHY, probably because it wasn’t sweet enough for me. It kind of tasted like a healthy chocolate, or maybe similar to the Beyers chocolate protein ice-cream, I just didn’t detect ENOUGH chocolate. Personally I would opt for a Mr Whippy 99p with a flake over this but maybe that’s because I have such a sweet tooth. Luckily, every purchase comes with a little 60% chocolate stick, which was pretty tasty.
“ICE CREAM OF THE GODS” Is a pretty big statement and I’m not sure I would agree! And for £3.25 I would give it a miss and buy some of their salted caramel puddles instead.
1/5- You would have to pay me to eat this again
2/5- I would eat it again but maybe steal it rather than buy it
3/5- I would probably buy again if I was wondering aimlessly around supermarkets
4/5- Get in ma weekly trolley
5/5- I will be dreaming about it most nights and venture across mountains to Hogwarts, where I would dual with Lord Voldemort in order to experience this magic again